Renault’s new signing Daniel Ricciardo says he’s hopeful that he can light a fire at Enstone that can help propel the team further up the grid.
The popular Australian driver decided to leave Red Bull Racing after five years at Milton Keynes, in order to jump ship to then engine suppliers Renault. It’s been seen as a risky move, due to RBR’s constant presence near the front of the pecking order while Renault have very clearly been a step behind since their return as a works team in 2016.
However, Ricciardo reckons he can help the French marque find a little more fire and says he’s hungry to get started with his new crew: “Renault has a massive history in motorsport, so to be part of the next step of their Formula 1 journey is an exciting challenge. I’m here to do a job on track and drive as fast as possible, but I would like to bring the team energy. I want to put a spring in everyone’s step because that’s part of my job and also my character. I aim to be able to get the team to work that extra bit harder, put in more effort and rally everyone together. I’d like to be a catalyst for positive energy.”
After a season in which Ricciardo had to deal with huge amounts of adversity, particularly on the reliability front, he says he’s bringing a positive mindset to 2019: “Everything I learnt in 2018 will make me a better version of myself in 2019. The difference will be a more mature person. I have more clarity of where I’m going and I aim for that to be shown with good results on track. I feel a lot of positive pressure and expectation to do good things, but that’s something I’m looking forward to taking on.”